Apparently, it is a sin greater than a war crime:
A new book by the author Ron Suskind claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein.
Suskind writes in “The Way of the World,” to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery – adamantly denied by the White House – was designed to portray a false link between Hussein’s regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war…
“The White House had concocted a fake letter from Habbush to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001,” Suskind writes. “It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq – thus showing, finally, that there was an operational link between Saddam and al Qaeda, something the Vice President’s Office had been pressing CIA to prove since 9/11 as a justification to invade Iraq. There is no link.”
Of course, this article is written by Mike Allen so it contains 80% White House push-back – uncritically.
And that will undoubtedly be the end of that as far as the media is concerned.
– Bush wanting to fly fake "UN" planes over Iraq in hopes Saddam would shoot at them;
– Cheney having American soldiers shoot at other American soldiers dressed up like Iranian soldiers;
– Bush suggesting firing a cruise missile into Al Jazeera headquarters.
– And just recently, like the media has completely ignored how the Bush Administration (and McCain) pushed the idea that Al Qaeda or, even better, Iran was behind the Anthrax attacks.
A tip to Kevin Drum for remembering a couple of these items first.